In different countries and cultures this kind of celebration is called something different. Halloween, Fastnacht, Fastelavn, Carnival or Purim are some of the names. The background for each celebration is different but the outcome is quite similar: we dress up!
This year I am continuing the past years tradition of preparing our own costumes for the kids. Yes, there is a financial issue involved, but the main reason is that I really enjoy doing it 🙂
This year my youngest asked to be a panda. I like to make him costumes out of hoodies so a Google search got me here, which has been my main inspiration. Last year I also made this Shark costume out of a Hoodies so we are continuing down that way.
What I used
A White Hoodie
Black and white felt
Black and white thread
What I did
I started with the face of the panda, cutting out a circle of the white felt, approximately the diameter of a coffee cup. I then cut out a heart shaped form of the black felt for a nose and sewed it on to the white circle. Using the black tread, I made the stitches for the mouth. I then sewed the white circle on the hoodies, close to the edge, using cotton to pad it a bit.
I cut two black oval shapes and stitched them on for the eyes and gluied on the plastic eyes on top. For the ears I cut out 4 circles of the black felt – two for each ear. I sewed the felt for each ear together leaving an opening at the bottom of the circle. I added a bit of cotton for padding to each ear and sewed the on to the hoodie.
Lastly, I cut out some black felt for the front and back of the hoodie and sewed the on.
It took me about an hour and a half and cost me a total of about NIS 25 (USD 6.5) and trust me, it will one happy boy that I am sending off to celebrate next week!